Wells Hosts Peachtown Native American Festival

September 10, 2012

Wells College is pleased to announce the events for this year’s Peachtown Native American Festival. The annual festival celebrates Cayuga and Haudenosaunee culture; the community is invited to partake in all the events and share in the culture that is Cayuga Nation. Wells is pleased to offer this important festival as an opportunity to build community; to honor the past and present contributions of Native American culture; and to recognize the history of Aurora, or Deawendote, the “Village of Constant Dawn.”

At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall, Andy Mager and Jake Edwards will give a presentation on the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, an effort between the Haudenosaunee and allies to renew the chain of friendship established in the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Dutch immigrants. Statewide advocacy, education, and environmental cleanup and preservation are core components of the campaign.

Jake Edwards sits on the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs. He works on a variety of environmental issues and is actively involved in the organizing of the Symbolic Enactment as part of the Two Row Wampum Campaign.

Andy Mager serves as project coordinator for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. He has worked extensively in peace, environmental and social justice movements as an activist and organizer for over 30 years. He has been on the staff of the Syracuse Peace Council for the past ten years, coordinates the work of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, and helped develop and implement the two highly-acclaimed collaborative educational series “Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future.”

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Laura McClusky will host a screening of the POV documentary “Up Heartbreak Hill” in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall. The documentary follows Navajo high school students Thomas Martinez and Tamara Hardy, whose talents and successes provide opportunity to continue their education in college far from the Navajo Nation reservation; however, as many others in their place, they have to balance connections with their homes and cultural traditions against the possibility of moving away permanently.

The festival itself will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14 on the lawn outside the Sommer Center. This social event will feature a presentation by Cayuga Heron Clan Mother Birdie Hill; Cayuga Singers Norm Hill, Cam Hill, and Lyle Anderson; a traditional dance workshop for anyone who would like to join in; and traditional corn soup by Dan Hill. Wells Dining will provide additional light snacks. All events are located on the Wells College campus and are free to the public.

The events are co-sponsored by Wells College office of admissions, office of the provost, Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar Funds, education, psychology, anthropology and sociology, women’s and gender studies, the division of social sciences, social and economic justice, First Nations and indigenous studies, and the Multicultural Resource Center in Ithaca.

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